Procrastiblog

April 27, 2007

Ubuntu Names

Filed under: Linux, Tech, Waste of Time — Chris @ 4:06 pm

Oddly enough, Ubuntu has a web page about the names. Apparently, it just didn’t occur to them to go in alphabetical order until after breezy. But why did they skip C?

I think Adjective Animal would be a great name for their 27th release.

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Azureus

Filed under: Linux, Tech — Chris @ 3:53 pm

What’s the story with this piece of crap? Azureus seems to be every right-thinking Linux geek’s favorite BitTorrent client, but I have never once had it succesfully download anything. It hangs and/or crashes pretty much immediately. This has been the case on multiple computers and four different versions of Ubuntu. Is it me? Is it SafePeer?

[UPDATE] There was a widespread, virulent bug in Azureus. I’ve been able to work around it, though I’m not quite sure how. It really is a great BitTorrent client…

Feisty Fawn

Filed under: Linux, Tech — Chris @ 3:28 pm

I upgraded my laptop from Ubuntu edgy to feisty last night and I’m please to report (after a rather unpleasant experience upgrading from dapper to edgy, documented here, here, and here) that the whole thing went off without a hitch. The upgrade process asked a lot of annoying questions about whether or not it should clobber various config files, but I just said “Yes” to all of them and have seen no ill effects. It even gracefully downgraded my nVidia driver to the latest version in the Ubuntu repository and Suspend still works. Who knew that was possible?

Are there any great benefits to upgrading? Um… not that I can tell. The version of Liferea is more recent and there’s a search button in the Panel. These are hardly blockbuster features. The main benefit to me is that “are you running feisty?” will not be the first and last response to every question I post to the support forums. (This will be replaced with “are you running gutsy?” within a month.*)

* Speaking of which: I am really fond of the names Breezy Badger, Dapper Drake*, Edgy Eft, and Feisty Fawn. But, Gutsy Gibbon? Yuck.

** Does anyone know the story behind the naming scheme? I.e., how Ubuntu went from Warty Warthog and Hoary Hedgehog to the current Sue Grafton-esque release-naming convention? And why they skipped A and C?

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